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Posted on: April 21, 2017

Fox River Rescue at Algonquin Road Bridge

Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District

1020 West Algonquin Road, Lake in the Hills, IL  60156

Incident Press Release

For Immediate Release

Friday April 21, 2017

Contact:         Battalion Chief John Greene

                        Email: jgreene@alfpd.org

                        847-658-8233 Headquarters

847-854-2609 Fax

Route 62 Bridge at Fox River Dam, Algonquin, Illinois

Swift Water Incident

At 6:30 p.m., April 21, 2017 the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District responded to a report of a boat in distress, nearing the low head dam on the Fox River at the Route 62 Bridge, in Algonquin.  A bystander notified the 911 dispatch center of a pontoon boat, occupied with four people drifting towards the dam.  First responding emergency personnel arrived on the scene within three minutes at 6:33 p.m. and found the pontoon boat under the Algonquin Road bridge secured by a rope over the bridge support and another passenger holding onto a buoy. The boat was inoperable due to engine issues and was drifting under the bridge, toward the low head dam, due to high water levels and the swift current. Firefighters quickly dropped ropes to the boat and secured it in place until the Fire District Boat could rescue the occupants, removing them from their boat by towing them safely to a nearby pier. No civilian or fire district injuries were reported.

Assistance was received from Huntley, Carpentersville, Wonder Lake, Barrington and Crystal Lake Fire Departments.

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